{stories of a house} making an entrance

Inspire Me Heather front door
{front door and house painted but there's no landing}
I want to share some of the stories of our house with you. It is a little old house in the right location with a huge yard, perfect for a kid. By the right location I mean it's a 3 minute commute for both my husband and I to get to work! When I say perfect for a kid I meant our kid and I was in labour with him when my husband and I saw this house for the first time, back in 2005. It was also my husbands Birthday that day as well, I better mention that too - for the record. So, from the street the house looked okay. Nothing really stood out other than it was a fixer-upper (we had already decided we didn't want a new house, no offence to new home owners but we figured we wouldn't have anything to do with our spare time.)

Inspire Me Heather front of house
{you can't even see the front door here with that big shrub there!}
So now we get to the part about the entrance to the house. We could hardly see where the door was from the street! That's not very welcoming, is it? One thing it did have was a rosemary shrub right at the base of the front steps. You can't see the rosemary from that photo but then again you can't see anything with that big tree in the way. I read somewhere that rosemary planted by the front door was to ward of evil and bring good luck to the family - that's cool.

Inspire Me Heather front of house
{done - new front porch and garden planted}

The front door steps also had no landing and that's not good for visiting Grandparents that need a little assistance getting up the steps, is it? The old railing and stairs were falling apart so down with the huge bush/tree whatever it is and up with a porch with rails and a landing. I moved the rosemary tree to the new base of the steps (for good luck) and then painted the door bright red! Did you know that red front doors mean "welcome"? The door was red for a long time while the house was still all white. The red sure suck out but we had a plan to paint the house, so we did - but that's another story.


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18 comments:

  1. Your front entrance is so welcoming!! Now I see why you liked my red door - you have one too! :) Love those X's on the landing.

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  2. What a wonderful makeover you gave to your front entrance Heather! Love the landing and red color you painted your door! So welcoming!

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  3. I love that red door!
    It's so inviting and cheerful.

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  4. Love your makeover! What a huge difference. :)

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  5. Oh, wow! What a change! You improved the curb appeal by leaps and bounds. And, I love the red door. And the 'too big' shasta daisies! :D

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  6. Love, love, LOVE! Everything... Your red door, the Rosemary bush and it's little story, all the positive signs this house was 'the one'... Heck, I fell in love with your 'before' photo! You have a great place to call home :-)

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  7. I love seeing your front door. I remember back in the old cottages & bungalows forum days of discussing how that was coming along.
    - love all you do - you inspire me all the time my canadian friend.
    tammy

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  8. Adore your red door and the gray. What a perfect combination. I think every house has a story...thanks for sharing yours!

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  9. The front door really does say 'welcome'. I like the style of your house very much and look forward to seeing more of its story.

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  10. I love the red door! I want rosemary for my walkway! I tried to root some and it didn't work. I guess I will buy some next time I'm at the garden center!

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  11. lovely I like red doors so I painted our garage door red :) lovely post and nice site :)
    Thank you for visiting mine :) Createwithmom

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  12. That red door is awesome! Red is my favorite color! Thank you so much for stopping by House on the Way today! Glad you stopped by!
    Leslie
    houseontheway@gmail.com

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  13. Grrr, I totally commented on this yesterday from my phone and it didn't go through! I love it Heather, every last thing about it-I wish I could plant such beautiful flower beds too!

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  14. Love the red door! Stunning! Your house looks so loved and lived in now...beautiful transformation! Have a lovely week! Angie xo

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  15. Your house is adorable! I love the new entrance,it looks very happy and welcoming. I love all your paint colors too, the blue/grey looks awesome with the red front door and clean white trim.

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  16. I LOVE it!!! You did such beautiful job.. I love the colour of the door!! Wow you got talent girl, inspired indeed!
    D xo

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  17. I love your home Heather - I also am a proud owner of a 1930's farmhouse ( now on a 1/4 acre lot) I love the character that an old home provides. Painting the outside is on our list of things to do this spring. Looking forward to seeing what else you do with your home! Happy New Year! ~heather @ grillfusion

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  18. Great job. Love that it respects the vintage of your home, still charming. And I need to paint my front door!

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